The Voix en Vigne Lyric Festival at Chateau Roubine offered Les Contes d’Hoffmann for its final, a brillant opera full of humour.
The 7th edition of Voix en Vigne, the lyric festival organized by Valérie Rouselle, owner of the prestigious Chateau Roubine, offered three enchanting evenings for music lovers and amateurs of oenological discoveries. In the park of the Château, the Festival offered for its last performance, a enchanting evening of music and voices with Hoffenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Eclectic styles of voices and music
The Voix En Vigne stage, set in the park of the Château, has seen a succession of great voices with a cappella-sung humour by The London Quartet – Cantabile and a warm and deep Jazz voice with Suzanna Wognin’s Jazz Quintet. On the last evening, in a contemporary and brilliant version of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann delighted the public with La Périchole and La vie Parisienne by the Ensemble Giocoso, conducted by Pierre Iodice, chorus master of the Opéra de Marseille.
Hoffenbach’s last opera
Les Contes d’Hoffmann, created at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1881, is now one of the most performed French operas in the world. Originally, it is an opera in five acts, the last Jacques Hoffenbach created after a libretto by Jules Barbier.
Georges Peloux, the artistic director of Voix en Vigne, has chosen the version staged by Veronique Leray who created an original show, full of humor, with fabulous voice and a virtuoso orchestra conducted by Pierre Iodice. With a briliant voice casting: soprano: Fleur Catalano – mezzo: Isabelle Florac -tenor: Franck Asparte – baritone: Mikhael Piccone – in the role of the Brazilian: Frank Gétreau.
Hoffenbach, a timeless creator
According to Veronique Leray: “Hoffenbach, like Molière and La Fontaine, is a timeless author!” Thus, she has staged the incredible adventures of the “Brazilian”, a colorful character from La Vie Parisienne, as a modern adventurer with a smartphone who frequents the jet set and likes to enjoy his largesse, not hesitating to use pretenses and appearances in favor in the “grand monde “.
His incredible adventures lead him from Peru (La Périchole), to crossing the Atlantic to Greece (The Beautiful Helen), to Italy, where he finds love (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), then toSpain (The Brigands), then to the Grand Duchy of Gerolstein (The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein), and there he is in Paris, busy with amusing himself, uncorking bottles of Champagne (La Vie Parisienne).
The singer-actors have been showing an incredible talent, making each sung scenes alive with irresistible humor, performing an outstanding show that should tour many festivals.
About Chateau Roubine
Chateau Roubine is one of the oldest vineyards in France. Located in the heart of the Var, between Draguignan and Lorgues it was always attached to the history of Provence. The vineyard offers all the richness of its soil and nature through advanced winemaking equipment. Since 1953, Chateau Roubine received the title Cru Classé for its unique and prestigious vintages: Inspire, Terre de Croix…
At the end of the show, the artists and the public resumed in chorus “La Vie n En Rose” at the request of Valérie Rousselle, to celebrate the latest creation of Château Roubine: the Rosé wine “La Vie en Rose.”
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